Jason Young

Jason Young

Former staff editor, occasional contributor to The-O Network. Part athlete, part avid gamer, 100% otaku certified.  

Kanako Itou Concert Impressions @ Sakura-Con 2015 stars

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As a longtime fan of Nitro+ visual novels such as Steins;Gate, Demonbane and of course, Saya no Uta, Kanako Itou's second appearance in America was a concert that I knew I couldn't miss. What started as a convention that I was only mildly interested in took off into the stratosphere, finally giving me a reason to go to Seattle's long-running convention for the second time.

Performing as the opening act for Sakura-Con's big musical concert on Saturday April 4th, Itou-san sang a set of fan favorite theme songs inside of a fully packed hall at the Washington State Convention Center. These songs included her opening number "Hacking to the Gate (Steins;Gate)," "Tsuso no Despair (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)" and "TOPOLOGY (Robotics;Notes)."

T-ONO Announces Collaboration with Under the Dog (UTD) stars

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With Sakura-Con soon approaching, we are pleased to announce that The-O Network will be participating in a special collaboration with Kinema Citrus, the creators, of the upcoming Under the Dog (UTD) anime. Not only will we be interviewing Koji Morimoto (producer) and Jiro Ishii (original storywriter), but we will be providing a video recording of their entire sixty minute panel on our website and YouTube channels. Please stay tuned for exciting updates on production, artwork, visuals and questions regarding the Kickstarter funded anime project, originally announced at Otakon 2014.

Sohei Niikawa Interview @ NIS Press Event 2015 stars

While in attendance at NIS America's 2015 Press Event in San Francisco, we had a chance to interview NIS America President Sohei Niikawa to follow up on our interview from 2013. Find out what he to say about the Japanese video game industry along with the status of the company in America.

LiSA Launcher (album) Review stars

Fresh off the success of her 2014 Oricon charting singles, "Rising Hope," "Bright Flight/L.Miranic," and "Shirushi," JPOP artist LiSA is back with her fifth album titled Launcher. Released on March 4th, Launcher is her third album and features songs from the anime series Sword Art Online II and the Irregular at Magic High School. Along with a very striking album cover of our JPOP starlet, I've personally been looking forward to this release for a while as I've done with most of her work. However, for those on the fence about the purchase and want to find out whether the album hit its targets with megaton precision or if it fires a dud, read on!

Clannad artist Itaru Hinoue’s Visual Novel, Holy Breaker, Being Released Next Week stars

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Released in limited quantities at Comiket 87, Itaru Hinoue's (Clannad, Rewrite) newest visual novel Holy Breaker will be released in Japan next week by publisher Visual Arts. Involving a plot revolving around a conflict between magic users, the black witch Minase Tenma and the conjurer Haruka Abeno, they compete to gather ten magical weapons and gain untold power. The protagonist, Tsukomo Izumi becomes involved after he witnesses them fighting.

P19 Interview @ AOD 2015 stars

While in attendance at Anime on Display (AOD) 2015 in San Francisco, we had an exclusive opportunity to interview the up-and-coming Japanese illustrator P19. Known for her rich and colorful character design work with the visual novel company Light, she has served under their Sweetlight brand and has also done numerous illustrations for their series of novels. This includes Vamp on the Dead Line with author Madoka Igami and Himegitsune no Servant with author Kasuga Mikage, as well as doujinshi under the circle name, "practice." Learn all about her inspirations behind her upcoming Elements artbook, as well as her thoughts on being a professional artist in Japan!

SCANDAL World Tour 2015 Tickets Now on Sale stars

Featuring stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Mexico, all-female Japanese band SCANDAL has announced that tickets for their 2015 North American tour are now on sale, along with a select number of VIP tickets. Click the jump for more information.

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Coming to PS3 and Vita This Summer stars

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Earlier today, SEGA announced that anime/manga fighter Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax will be released this summer on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Featuring characters including Asuna from Sword Art Online, Kuroyukihime from Accel World and support characters like Touma Kamijou from A Certain Magical Index and Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!, this fighting mashup takes manga characters straight out of the Dengki Bunko magazine in Japan and fields them against each other in SEGA-themed worlds.

Steins;Gate Announced PS3/PS Vita Western Release in 2015 stars

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Yesterday, UK-based video game publisher PQube announced their plans to release MAGES., 5pb. and Science Adventure Team's critically acclaimed visual novel Steins;Gate to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in both Europe and North America sometime next year 2015.

ANISONG WORLD TOUR to Invade Vegas January 16th and 17th stars

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In conjunction with Otakon Vegas 2015, Japanese and anime music label Lantis Records recently announced that they will be bringing seven major artists to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on January 16th and 17th to spread word about Anisong to American fans. Scheduled to tour across six cities, Lantis will be kicking off the ANISONG WORLD TOUR- LANTIS FESTIVAL in Nevada to bring American fans the enjoyment of anime and video game music.

Featured singers include: JAM Project, Yoko Ishida, Yousei Teikoku, ChouCho, Faylan, Sayaka Sasaki and bamboo of milktub fame.

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